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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION


JOURNALS

No. 108

Thursday, May 29, 2003

10:00 a.m.



The Clerk informed the House of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker.

Whereupon, Mr. Bélair (Timmins—James Bay) , Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 8.

Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 372-1549 to 372-1551 concerning the Employment Insurance program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-29-09.

Presenting Reports from Committees

Mr. Forseth (New Westminster—Coquitlam—Burnaby) , from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Main Estimates 2003-2004 -- Vote 110 under CANADIAN HERITAGE; Vote 1 under GOVERNOR GENERAL; Votes 40 and 45 under JUSTICE; Vote 1 under PARLIAMENT; Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 35 under PRIVY COUNCIL; Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under PUBLIC WORKS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES; and Votes 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 under TREASURY BOARD -- Vote 45 under JUSTICE reduced from $9,817,000 to $9,816,000). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-84.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 35 and 44 to 46) was tabled.


Mr. Comuzzi (Thunder Bay—Superior North) , from the Standing Committee on Transport, presented the Third Report of the Committee (Main Estimates 2003-2004 -- Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 under TRANSPORT -- Vote 25 reduced from $266,201,000 to $257,201,000). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-85.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 30) was tabled.


Mr. Saada (Brossard—La Prairie) , from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented the 31st Report of the Committee (extension of time to consider the electoral boundaries for Alberta). — Sessional Paper No. 8510-372-86.

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meeting No. 45) was tabled.

Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) , seconded by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre) , Bill C-440, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (pregnancy benefit), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Lunn (Saanich—Gulf Islands) , seconded by Mr. Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain) , Bill C-441, An Act to amend the DNA Identification Act, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 31st Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented earlier today, be concurred in.

Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:

— by Mrs. Wayne (Saint John) , one concerning the Canada Post Corporation (No. 372-1629);

— by Mr. Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain) , one concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (No. 372-1630);

— by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre) , one concerning health care services (No. 372-1631).

Questions on Order Paper

Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answer to question Q-221 on the Order Paper.

Business of Supply

The Order was read for the consideration of the Business of Supply.

Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , seconded by Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose) , moved, — That this House affirm its strong support for NORAD as a viable defence organisation to counter threats to North America, including the threat of ballistic missile attack; and support giving NORAD responsibility for the command of any system developed to defend North America against ballistic missiles.

Debate arose thereon.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That, at the conclusion of the debate on the opposition motion standing in the name of Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , all questions necessary to dispose of the motion be deemed put and a recorded division deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , seconded by Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Oral Questions

Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.

Business of Supply

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) , seconded by Mr. Thompson (Wild Rose) , in relation to the Business of Supply.

The debate continued.

At 5:15 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 81(16), the Acting Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

Pursuant to Order made earlier today, the question was deemed put on the motion and the recorded division was deemed requested and deferred until Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at the expiry of the time provided for Oral Questions.

Private Members' Business

At 5:15 p.m., by unanimous consent, the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

Mr. O'Brien (Labrador) , seconded by Mr. Maloney (Erie—Lincoln) , moved, — That, in the opinion of this House, the government should recognize the second Sunday of December as National Children's Memorial Day. (Private Members' Business M-396)

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

Messages from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate as follows:

    — ORDERED: That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed Bill C-10B, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals), with the following amendments:

1. Page 1, clause 2: Replace lines 9 and 10 with the following:

“vertebrate, other than a human being.”.

2. Page 2, clause 2:

(a) Replace line 5 with the following:

“to, or the unnecessary death of, an animal;”;

(b) Delete line 10; and

(c) Reletter paragraphs 182.2 (1)(d) to 182.2 (1)(h) as paragraphs 182.2 (1)(c) to 182.2 (1)(g) and any cross-references thereto accordingly.

3. Page 3, clause 2: Add after line 10 the following:

“(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under paragraph (1)(a) if the pain, suffering, injury or death is caused in the course of traditional hunting, trapping or fishing practices carried out by a person who is one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada in any area in which Aboriginal peoples have harvesting rights under or by virtue of existing aboriginal or treaty rights within the meaning of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and any pain, suffering or injury caused is no more than is reasonably necessary in the carrying out of those traditional practices.”.

4. Page 4, clause 2: Replace lines 22 to 24 with the following:

“182.5 No person shall be convicted of an offence under this Part where he proves that he acted with legal justification or excuse or with colour of right.”.

5. Page 5, clause 2: Replace, in the French version, line 5 with the following:

“perte de l’animal d’assistance policière ou des”.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Report on transportation in Canada for the year 2002, pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, sbs. 52(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-372-79-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

— by Ms. Copps (Minister of Canadian Heritage) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2003-2004 to 2007-2008 of the National Capital Commission, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-821-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage)

— by Mr. Rock (Minister of Industry) — Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2003-2004 to 2007-2008 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2003-2004 of the Standards Council of Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-820-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:02 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.

Accordingly, at 6:20 p.m., the Acting Speaker adjourned the House until Monday, June 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to Order made Tuesday, May 6, 2003, and to Standing Order 24(1).